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|“||I don't know what will happen in the future, but if something dangerous comes along, I don't want to be a burden, I want to help! I want to be there for Steven, to fight by his side! The Earth is my home too, can't I help protect it?||„|
|~ Connie to Pearl in "Sworn to the Sword"|
|“||YES, IT IS! Yes, you hurt him, but this isn't the time to make this all about YOU! That is NOT helping! Maybe Steven would care how sad you are because he always puts everyone else's feelings first. But he can't do that for you right now, because... he needs US this time. We all had Steven when we needed him, but the only person who's never had Steven is Steven. He's always been there for us, so... (sigh) how can we be there for him now?||„|
|~ Connie to everyone about Steven in "I Am My Monster"|
|“||You gotta tell them!||„|
|~ Connie Maheswaran to Steven in "The Future".|
|“||Text me when you get to that bed and breakfast. Don't breakfast without me.||„|
|~ Connie confessing her love to Steven in "The Future".|
Connie Maheswaran is one of the main characters of the show Steven Universe, a supporting character in Steven Universe: The Movie, and a major character in Steven Universe Future. Steven becomes her first friend in "Bubble Buddies" and appears to have a crush on her. They are currently dating, although they do nearly kiss in "An Indirect Kiss". She is also taking sword fighting lessons as of the events of "Sworn to the Sword". As of "Rocknaldo", she is officially a member of the Crystal Gems. As of "The Future" episode of Steven Universe Future, they finally become boyfriend and girlfriend.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Overview
- 1.2 Pre-series
- 1.3 Bubble Buddies
- 1.4 Lion 2: The Movie
- 1.5 An Indirect Kiss
- 1.6 Ocean Gem
- 1.7 Fusion Cuisine
- 1.8 Alone Together
- 1.9 Winter Forecast
- 1.10 Marble Madness
- 1.11 Open Book
- 1.12 Full Disclosure
- 1.13 Love Letters
- 1.14 Sworn To The Sword
- 1.15 We Need To Talk
- 1.16 Nightmare Hospital
- 1.17 Steven's Birthday
- 1.18 Beach City Drift
- 1.19 Gem Hunt
- 1.20 Crack The Whip
- 1.21 Buddy's Book
- 1.22 Mindful Education
- 1.23 Steven's Dream
- 1.24 The New Crystal Gems
- 1.25 Storm In The Room
- 1.26 Doug Out
- 1.27 Are You My Dad
- 1.28 I Am My Mom
- 1.29 Dewey Wins
- 1.30 Between Dewey Wins and Kevin Party
- 1.31 Kevin Party
- 1.32 Lars of the Stars
- 1.33 Reunited
- 1.34 Legs From Here to Homeworld
- 1.35 Together Alone
- 1.36 Escapism
- 1.37 Change Your Mind
- 1.38 Steven Universe: The Movie
- 1.39 Future
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Personality
- 4 Powers and Skills
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Trivia
- 8 External links
- 9 References
- 10 Navigation
Connie Maheswaran began as Steven's best friend before eventually becoming his girlfriend and the only official completely human member of the Crystal Gem. She made her official debut in the episode "Bubble Buddies". After meeting Steven and slowly becoming more involved with his life, she slowly began to learn about him, the Gems he associated with, and their past. Growing a strong bond with them, Connie decided that she wanted to help him and the Crystal Gems whenever danger arose in the Earth, training how to fight using a sword with Pearl since "Sworn to the Sword". She eventually becomes a skilled combatant and would often aid the Gems during times of conflict.
Years later, Connie would devote most of her time to studying and applying for colleges. Despite this, she still remains by Steven's side and tries to help him through dealing with years of suppressed trauma. After helping Steven cope, Steven and Connie decide to meet up with each other as she tours the country on college tours, and he tours the world to find himself. By the end of the series it is revealed that the two are now officially dating.
One year before the events of the episode, "Bubble Buddies", Connie is seen attending a parade in Beach City. Steven saw Connie drop her bracelet at the parade, and decided to keep it in his freezer so he could return it to her the next time he saw her.
It's NOT okay! You keep saying that but YOU don't know what you're doing! Now we're going to suffocate or starve at the bottom of the ocean and only my parents will notice because no one else cares about me!
One year after the parade, Steven runs into Connie, who is reading a book near his house. Steven then tries to impress her by doing tricks on his bike, but he fails. Steven panics and runs back into his house. As a backup plan, Steven grabs Connie's glowing bracelet from the freezer and runs back to her. While on the way, Steven is practicing his greeting, when a piece of the cliff crumbles and falls towards Connie. When Steven jumps to rescue her, his gem glows and encases both of them in a pink bubble that deflects the rocks. Steven and Connie introduce themselves, and she asks Steven if he can deactivate his bubble. Steven then realizes that he cannot disable the bubble. He says the Gems can help, but Steven and Connie are unable to roll up the hill to the house. Steven and Connie try multiple methods of popping the bubble, but none of them seem to work. They eventually end up on a roller coaster track in Funland. The roller coaster hits them and launches Steven and Connie into the ocean.
As the two try and roll back to shore, a giant worm (actually a corrupt Orange Spodumene) appears and frightens Connie. When the worm eats some kelp, she buries herself into the ground, which creates a trench that Steven and Connie fall into. For a moment, the trench is dark, but then some sea plants start to light the surroundings. Steven ended up accidentally putting his foot in Connie's face. He tries to apologize to her, but she finally explodes, frustrated that Steven does not know what he is doing, and that she might die without ever making a friend. Connie starts crying, and Steven shows her the bracelet, telling her that they can be friends. He tells her that he saw her during a parade the year before, but couldn't find her to give her back the bracelet, so he kept it in case he met her again. Connie remembers that she saw him last year too, realizing that Steven was the kid on the car wash float at the parade. As the two reconcile, the bubble finally bursts. Steven and Connie make it to the surface, only to find out that the Gem Monster followed them. They swim to shore and run away from it, at which point Steven realizes the monster is chasing Connie because of her bracelet. Steven takes the bracelet and uses it to lure the worm to a nearby pier, where he uses the pillars to trap and defeat the worm. The Gems show up and Garnet bubbles the monster's gemstone. When Pearl and Amethyst try to introduce themselves. Garnet stops them by telling them not to mess with Steven's "funky flow". Connie asks what "funky flow" is, and Steven gets embarrassed.
Lion 2: The Movie
Wow, Steven. Everything in your life is so awesome and magical. The most exciting thing in my life is tennis practice.
Connie shows Steven a trailer for Dogcopter 3. She tells Steven that it is her favorite film franchise, and she hopes it stays loyal to the book. Amethyst sees Dogcopter and decides to shapeshift into him, astounding Connie. Steven assures her that the movie will be more impressive than any magic. Connie, unsure of this, asks how they will get to the film, as the theater is far away, but Steven says he has a plan. Outside the house, Steven introduces Connie to their mode of transportation, Lion. They mount Lion, but when Steven says he is not trained very well, Lion leaps above the ocean, terrifying Connie and Steven. He runs across the ocean for a while, until Lion creates a portal by roaring and runs through it. The three then arrive inside an empty room in a cave.
Steven and Connie explore the armory while Lion lies down and rests. Steven finds out he can control the room, and after a while, he activates a floating robot. Lion helps them escape the armory and takes them to the Beach City theater. After being slightly burned by the robot, Steven offers Connie a can of soda to ease her pain. She says to just forget about the movie, as Steven probably has more important things to do. Steven says that Dogcopter 3 is imperative to him, and asks why Connie would hang out with him because he messes everything up. Connie asks why he would ever hang out with her because she is less interesting than anything else he experiences. Suddenly, the robot comes back and is more aggressive than before. Lion summons a sword from his head to help them defend against the robot. Connie helps Steven destroy the robot, by using what she learned in tennis practice to reflect its shots. After dealing with the amazed ticket clerk, they finally get to see Dogcopter 3.
An Indirect Kiss
I think-- there's just-- something wrong with my glasses. My... My eyes. I-I-I can see! I can see without my glasses!
Connie and Steven are having a picnic, when she notices Steven is upset. This leads her to ask him why there was a fence put over the cliff. After Steven tells the story of how he and the Crystal Gems rescued Amethyst, Connie is shocked to hear that Steven feels useless to the gems. Connie tells him that he can always come to her, magic or not, and leans in for a kiss, only to stop short and exclaim that she has a headache. After taking her glasses off, she realizes she can see without them. Both are shocked, and they realize Steven's juice, (which he foreshadows by stating that the juice box trade was mostly backwash,) healed her. The episode ends with Steven rushing off to the Gems to tell them about his new healing saliva ability, while Connie takes the lenses out of her glasses.
That's some... magical destiny stuff right there.
Connie decides to go with Steven, along with Greg, the other Crystal Gems, and Lion, on his quest to find Lapis. When they make it to the water spire Lapis has made out of the ocean, Lapis tells them to stay away and creates water clones to fight the Gems. Steven's water clone attacks Connie and him, nearly drowning them in bubbles of water. Greg saves them but breaks his leg in the process. In anger, Steven puts up his shield, destroying the water clones. Connie then watches him go up the tower to talk to Lapis. After Steven heals Lapis, he falls with the tower. Teaming up, Lion and Connie catches him before he lands.
Steven, let's just hop on a bus and live somewhere else without telling anyone!
Steven and Connie were watching Under the Knife. Connie's mother calls and asks to speak with Steven's mother. Steven starts to get worried due to his mother giving up her physical form to make him. He hands the phone to Garnet. Garnet pretends to be "Mom Universe", but she panics, and makes it sound like they had died playing with swords. Later, Steven calls Connie and asks if she can come over. Connie says she cannot because her parents are upset with Steven and refuse to let Connie see Steven until her parents have met both of his parents. Steven assumes that he will bring all of the Gems to the dinner, but Connie objects. Connie then admits the fact that she told her parents that Steven has a nuclear family, meaning that Steven has a mother and a father living with him. That night, Connie and her parents are at The Crab Shack. Connie's father wonders why Steven and his family are late, when they are startled by rumbling. Steven and Greg come riding in on Alexandrite's shoulders. After a while, the two families are having dinner. Some awkward conversation occurs, after which Connie asks Steven to help her find the restroom. The two go into the restaurant, and Connie urges Steven to lie about his family, much to Steven's dismay. Steven and Connie go back to the table, and after a short while, Alexandrite starts arguing with herself, which leads to her unfusing. Dr. Maheswaran berates Connie for lying to her, which causes Connie to run crying towards a nearby bus stop, and Steven to follow her. Connie and Steven decide to run away so they can be friends without having to worry about Connie's parents. As they are leaving on a bus, the enraged Gems (fused back as Alexandrite) catch up to them and force them to return. The Gems angrily chastise Steven in front of the Maheswarans. The Maheswarans are impressed with the Gems parental abilities, and allow Connie to continue being with Steven.
Yeah. There was a dance at my school, and I was really excited about it...but, I just couldn't bring myself to go. I just couldn't stop thinking about everyone staring at me.
Steven practices fusion dancing with the Gems but hasn't been able to fuse. He expresses his disappointment to Connie while they are on the beach. She tells him that she is impressed that he can dance with the Gems at all, admitting that she does not like to dance in front of other people. Steven decides to ask Connie to dance, stating that they are the only ones there.
As they dance, Steven suddenly trips over Connie, and she catches him. They laugh and touch foreheads while Steven's gem begins to glow. Steven and Connie black out, and wake up to realize that they have fused into Stevonnie. Later in the episode, Stevonnie unfuses back to Steven and Connie, after a moment, they start laughing hysterically. Sour Cream, unperturbed, starts throwing everyone glow sticks, which Steven and Connie run through, still laughing.
My parents are all about safety.
Steven and Connie are hanging out inside the Beach House eating marshmallows by the fireplace. Dr. Maheswaran calls Connie on her phone to tell her to get a ride home because of the impending snowstorm. Steven and Connie wish that she could stay so they could watch the snow fall. The Crystal Gems walk in, and Garnet confirms the impending snowstorm with her future vision. Steven wants to show Connie a video, but Garnet advises him to make the right choice before kissing him on the forehead and passing her future vision to him. He then witnesses a series of alternate timelines of his decisions to get Connie home. In the first timeline, Steven and Connie head over to It's A Wash so Greg can drive Connie home. They play around in the snow before Greg suggests they leave immediately so they can beat the storm. Steven and Connie however, are able to convince Greg to try on various outfits with the pretext that he needs to look appropriate. During this time, Steven and Connie continue playing around in the snow. By the time they leave, the snow is falling heavily. Greg's van rolls over a patch of ice causing it to spin wildly out of control and crash into the snowbank. Greg decides that they should walk the rest of the way. They eventually reach Connie's house, only to be greeted by her furious parents who are upset because of the late arrival and because Connie became sick. Mr. Maheswaran reluctantly allows Steven and Greg to stay the night.
The second timeline starts back in the crashed van. This time, however, they decide to wait out the storm in the van. While they are eating dinner, Connie's dad calls her and informs her that he is almost at Beach City. Due to the snow, Mr. Maheswaran's car swerves out of control and crashes into Greg's van. The third timeline starts back at It's A Wash. Steven convinces Connie to stay at the Beach House because of the bad events that could come to pass. As they are running back, Connie calls her parents to inform them of her decision. As they begin to protest, Steven grabs her phone and attempts to persuade them before throwing it into the nearby snowbank. When they reach the Beach House, they see the Crystal Gems about to warp the Shooting Star to the Galaxy Warp. Pearl is surprised by Steven and loses focus. The star touches the warp pad and explodes. Steven returns to the present, and with the knowledge acquired from the future vision, makes the right decision to leave immediately. Connie arrives safely home to her happy parents, who suggest that Steven and Greg stay the night to avoid the snowstorm. Later that night, Connie creeps downstairs to watch the snow fall with Steven.
Connie introduces Steven to her favorite book series, The Spirit Morph Saga and tries to tell him the story, but they are constantly interrupted by the Plug Robonoids Peridot keeps sending to Earth.
But in the end, none of that even mattered. Lisa and her talking falcon, rebels challenging the stifling traditions of the magical bureaucracy? I loved that. Then her falcon turns into a human and they get married?! It completely dropped all the anti-authoritarian stuff and described a wedding cake for fifty pages!
Steven and Connie go into Rose's Room to recreate a better ending to The Spirit Morph Saga series. Steven turns into a character in the book after explaining that the room can overload. Connie then exclaims her wish to be the character, Lisa. The room does not obey her command, however, as the room only listens to what Steven wants. Steven asks for a suggestion, and Connie requests a costume shop so she can dress up as the character she wishes to. After a few moments, Steven says that he wants to see her. Connie exits the shop in her costume. Throughout their attempt in creating a new ending, Connie keeps asking for what Steven wants whenever Steven asks her what she wants, as he intended it to be all for her. After making some endings, Steven, once again, asks Connie what she thinks. She then asks again what Steven wants. Steven says that he is trying his hardest and asks Connie not to do what he wants. This causes Connie to break down, repeating the word "want". Steven soon realizes that this "Connie" is one he accidentally summoned (as the room listens to what Steven says he wants) and that the real Connie must still be in the costume shop. He undoes the creations but is unable to un-summon the fake Connie, who says that he did not want her to do what he wants.
Steven attempts to fly away on a Wind Lizard, but the fake Cloud Connie grabs its tail and pushes Steven off. They land near the costume shop where Connie is calling out for Steven. Steven is trapped under the fake Connie in a wedding dress who says she knows what Steven "really wants". Steven asks for help, and Connie has a short fight with her, but the fake Connie seems to ignore her presence, still wanting to trap Steven. Steven finally gives in and admits he likes the book's ending, and the fake Cloud Connie evaporates. Connie is shocked and asks why he said he disliked it. Steven states that he did not want Connie to think less of him. Connie says she does not think less of him, saying she cares more about Steven than a book. It ends with Connie and Steven exiting the temple discussing why Archimicarus "obviously" had feelings for Lisa.
Say it to my face! Say you don't wanna be friends anymore! If you can do that— If you can do that, I'll leave you alone. And I'll just go back to having no friends. But I won't believe it until you say it to my face!
Connie calls Steven multiple times to ask him if he is okay. When Steven does not answer the phone due to wanting to avoid Connie, Connie goes to his house to check on him. Steven leaves when Connie arrives, but Connie notices him and chases him through the wreckage of the Gem Warship. Steven hides behind one of the Warship's fingers and tells Connie that he no longer wants to be friends. Connie tells him that she will only believe him if he says it to her face, so Steven comes out of hiding. He confesses that he still wants to be Connie's friend, and was just trying to protect her from everything that was happening. Steven then tells Connie everything that happened during "Jail Break" and "The Return".
You, dear camellia, expectantly await the light of my moon, yet my light is more of a scorching, wilting, dry desert heat, and as your metaphorical surgeon, it is with a heavy heart that I urge you to seek a second opinion. I return your heart to you...
Steven and Connie are by the beach taking selfies. They are approached by Jamie who has mail for Steven. Steven introduces Connie. Later on, Connie and Steven deliver Jamie's letter to Garnet in which he professes his love. When delivering Garnet's response, Steven stops Connie from giving the harshly worded letter to Jamie for fear of shattering his heart. Connie then rewords the letter poetically, in an attempt to let Jamie down easy.
Sworn To The Sword
No, Steven. I understand now! Your legacy, your destiny, you are everything! And I... I am nothing... But I can do this for you! I can give you my service!
Connie is convinced by Steven to begin taking sword fighting lessons from Pearl. As the lessons progress, Connie becomes a very skilled sword fighter, but Pearl's influence on Connie start making her obsessed with protecting Steven with her life. Concerned with her safety, Steven follows Connie to one of her lessons and convinces her that they should fight together. After arguing with Pearl, she is convinced that Steven and Connie would both be great knights. The episode ends with Connie still taking lessons from Pearl, now with Steven by her side.
We Need To Talk
Please don't tell my parents, Mr. Universe! They don't know I've been doing magic stuff with Steven! I can't tell them, they're not going to understand, I-
Connie and Steven are helping Greg sort through his old records. Connie comments that at home she does not have any music other than movie soundtracks and classical music. Greg responds by playing The Philosophy Majors for her. Steven and Connie dance, causing them to fuse into Stevonnie accidentally. They quickly unfuse, startled, and Connie panics, asking Greg not to tell her parents. Greg tells her that he is probably the only human being on the planet who would understand. He then tells Connie and Steven a story about him and Rose and tells Connie if she ever needs someone to talk to that he is okay with talking with her.
I haven't needed actual glasses for almost a year!
Steven takes Connie home from sword training and gives her Rose's Sword to practice with. Connie's mother discovers the sword and confiscates it, and takes it back to the hospital with her to check on her patients. Connie and Steven sneak into the hospital to retrieve the sword but are caught by Connie's mother. Before anything can happen, the patient wakes up and begins attacking them. Steven reveals that the patient is a gem mutant, and Connie pleads with her mother to let her use the sword to help fight. Her mother refuses to back down on a rule, so they run out of the room and attempt to escape the hospital. They are hindered by another gem mutant, and Steven bubbles Connie and her mother to protect them. Connie continues to plead with her mother to allow her to use the sword, but her mother stubbornly refuses to listen. Steven insists that Connie has been training to use a sword for a long time, but Dr. Maheswaran insists that she know more about her daughter than Steven does. Connie then remarks that her mother does not know anything about her, as she has not even noticed that Connie's glasses no longer have lenses, despite the lenses having been removed almost a year prior. Connie then grabs the sword and defeats the gem monsters, before she, Steven, and her mother leave the hospital. Connie apologizes to her mother for lying about Steven, and her mother realizes that she and her husband may be too controlling. Her mother promises to back down on some of the rules and to keep an open mind about everything that has been happening. Connie and her mother then embrace.
Yeah, I just want to be there for Steven. Don't worry Steven, it doesn't matter to me what age it seems like you are, I wanna hang out with you no matter what. Your dad still has his car wash and the Gems have to do gem stuff so I'll watch you when they're not around. I can come see you after I'm done training with Pearl too. Doesn't that sound fun?
Connie goes to the Barn to visit Steven and spend the night there for his birthday. She is shocked to learn that Steven is fourteen years old and therefore older than her. After Greg shows her a picture album depicting Steven's several birthdays during his life, she is surprised to see that he has not grown up in his last few birthdays. Connie asks Greg to talk in private and asks him whether Steven is going to grow up. As Greg says that he is not sure, Connie is visibly concerned. When Steven uses shapeshifting to make himself look older, Connie is impressed and amazed at his change. They spend the rest of the day together. Later on the same day, Connie and Steven are stargazing when she decides to confess that she was worried that they would not be able to grow up together and that she was relieved to see that she was wrong. This revelation causes Steven to lose control of how old he feels and revert into a baby. Connie gets desperate and takes Steven to Greg. She rides on Greg's van with Greg, Steven, and Amethyst, hoping to calm Steven down. She tells Steven that she will always be with him no matter what age he is, which makes him stop crying. She wakes up the next day to find Steven back to his normal age. She notices a single hair on his face and is relieved to see that he is growing up.
Beach City Drift
I still feel like there's something big I want to say to him, you know? Something to make him think, like we're thinking.
Connie and Steven encounter Kevin asking Steven if they have met before. Connie nervously runs over, excusing Steven by saying that Kevin looks like another guy they know. Greg asks if the two know Kevin, and Connie explains the events of what happened when they formed Stevonnie before. Connie then continues that it was uncomfortable when Kevin kept asking them to dance, and Steven adds that Kevin did not even care about their feelings. Greg says that if he is causing this much trouble, then there's no point to even thinking about him, and she thanks Greg. At night, Steven and Connie are sitting on Greg's car at It's A Wash. Steven is still mad at the incident with Kevin, but Connie is somehow thinking about the situation and wishes that she could just say something big to Kevin to get him to think. Steven says that he wishes he could race against Kevin, and rub the winning ribbon in his face. Connie says that kids cannot drive because it is against the law, but Steven mentions that they were not kids when they were Stevonnie, and Connie understands Steven's metaphor. As they race Kevin, Stevonnie eventually unfuses after becoming unstable. Steven and Connie are shown in the back seat, asking each other if they are OK after they were unfused. Connie asks what they explained to Steven that all they have been doing for that past day is because they are obsessed with Kevin. The two decide to finish the race, for themselves instead of to beat Kevin.
I thought I'd be ready to fight, but I wasn't. I failed.
Steven, Connie, and Pearl warp to the Great North in front of a large Wailing Stone. Steven takes pictures with his phone per Mr. and Mrs. Maheswaran's requests. Connie thanks Pearl for allowing her to come along to help them find a corrupted Gem and takes it as an honor to work along Pearl. Pearl complements Connie about her impressive 'sword fighting' which have exceeded beyond her expectations, she also states that with her careful supervision, she is confident Connie will be able to accomplish a simple Gem recovery mission. Connie thanks Pearl and promises she'll not let her down. As Connie asks how they would know whether a corrupted Gem is nearby, a huge roar is heard, and the corrupted Snow Monster appears. Pearl exclaims that Connie and Steven have to work together; Connie quickly takes out her sword, Steven summons his shield, and they ready themselves to battle but when they were just about to face the beast, another Corrupted Gem (Jasper) appears, but they run. Connie tells Pearl that they should split up. Pearl tells Connie that she is her pupil and knows that her combat skills are excellent but states it is too risky because she has never been in a real fight before. Steven tells Pearl about the Gem Mutants they fought in the Hospital and quickly interrupts Pearl by taking out a Cookie Cat Walkie Talkie to help communicate with each other when necessary, and Connie takes out a survival guide book that she read at least 20 times. Both look at Pearl, who, having lost a battle of will, decides to allow it under the condition that they would communicate with her the very moment they find the monster because she does not want them fighting her alone.
The two find tracks in a humanoid shape along with the Corrupted Gem's paw-shaped tracks. A blizzard comes, so Connie and Steven take shelter in a hollowed tree. They hear a roar and follow more tracks to the Aquamarine-colored Corrupted Gem. Steven and Connie attempt to be quiet, so they will not attract her attention, but Pearl calls on the Walkie Talkie, which attracts the Corrupted Gem's attention. Connie takes the Gem's growling as a sign of aggression, and she draws her sword; the sword's glint causes the Gem to attack them, and she manages to pop Steven's bubble, pushing them out of the Gem's reach. Connie throws a snowball at the Gem to bring her attention to her, but she hesitates to attack, saying that she was not prepared for this. She slides past the Gem, recovers the Walkie Talkie and calls Pearl, informing her that they have found the Gem just as Jasper appears. Connie realizes that the Gems were running from Jasper. Pearl tells Connie she would not have brought her on the mission if she knew Jasper would be present. Connie considers her mission a failure since she found herself unable to fight earlier. However, Pearl considers Connie's mission a total success, since Connie followed Pearl's instructions to call Pearl when they found the Gem.
Crack The Whip
It was just like you said! You were in trouble and we just had to fight!
Steven, Amethyst, Connie, and Lion have fun around Beach City and sword fighting on the beach while Pearl and Garnet went to find the gems. Eventually, Steven and Amethyst go into the water, and Connie soon joins them after a little coaxing. While Steven and Connie splash each other, the ground starts to shake, and the orange corrupted Gem (Biggs Jasper) climbs out of the water onto the beach. Amethyst tells Steven and Connie to fight the Corrupted Gem while she takes on Jasper Eventually, Jasper's crash helmet slams Amethyst into the ground, poofing her. Steven and Connie see this and go to get Amethyst back from Jasper. As they run toward her to attack, they fuse into Stevonnie and get her back.
I'm mainly trying to get a head-start on seventh grade. We'll be covering a lot of new stuff, so... *places the books onthe table* I just want to be prepared.
Connie and Steven warp on Lion outside of Buddwick Public Library. She is taking Steven to a library for his first time, which has his favorite thing: books. Connie picks up three educational books with intent to get a head start in 7th grade. Steven asks why Connie does not look up information on her phone. Connie remembers the last time she did that, she wrote an "erroneous paper about raccoons having heat vision." Connie suggests to Steven to have a look around the library since there is stuff she is sure Steven will love. Steven sees a book underneath one of the shelves and picks it up. Steven takes a look inside and sees sketches of various Gem structures. He runs back to Connie to show her what he found. It is Buddy Buddwick's journal. Steven recalls Jamie recreating a scenario about Buddy Buddwick helping Mayor Dewey discover Beach City, and Steven and Connie imagine Buddy as Jamie as they read through the book. Steven and Connie realize how Buddy Buddwick left his mark on Beach City by writing so many books that he thought he could fill a library with them which is how Buddwick Public Library exists today. They notice Buddy Buddwick's picture frame and how he looked. They realize they had imagined him way off by imagining Jamie starring as Buddy. They preferred Jamie regardless and laugh it off.
A kid I didn't know. He just bumped into me in the hallway. I was so startled, my training instincts kicked in. I just... reacted. I was so embarrassed, I just ran away.
Connie walking up the stairs of the Beach house, and knocks on the door. Steven answers the door, who appears bald, asking what a lovely day it is. Connie, unaware that Steven is bald, agrees with Steven, and proceeds to walk into the house. When Connie finally sees, she continues to appear calm and uncaring of the situation, but asks what happened, as Steven reveals that it was just a joke, but disappointed, and puts the bald cap in his pocket. Connie continues to dig through her bag with Rose's sword in it. Steven asks her if she is ok, when Garnet and Pearl warp in, reminding the two of their fusion training, and that Garnet is excited to see them fight as Stevonnie.
The group moves to the Ancient Sky Arena where Connie is still noticeably upset over something. When the training begins, the Holo-Pearls fuse together, and Steven and Connie perform a brief fusion dance before fusing into Stevonnie. Stevonnie unlocks their floating abilities while fighting the Holo-Pearl fusion, and takes pride in it. They wall jump straight at the giant Holo-Pearl until reality distorts and a vision of Jeff appears. This startles Stevonnie, making them lose focus and unfuse as they fell. Connie runs out of the Sky Arena, and Steven follows her. Steven finds Connie on the steps behind the area, near the warp pad, and decides to talk to her about the way she is been acting. Connie admits that she beat up a kid named Jeff at school, and Steven is shocked, asking her to explain more about the situation. Connie claims that her training instinct just "kicked in," and she did it on accident. Steven tells Connie not to think about it, but Garnet interrupts and takes the kids to the beach to meditate with her as Stevonnie.
Garnet meditates with Stevonnie and sings the song "Here Comes a Thought". Stevonnie takes the lead after her verse and experiences Steven and Connie facing the same issues with the butterflies but ultimately calms down as well. After learning that her guilt was natural, Connie decides to confront her emotions by apologizing to Jeff and make amends, even taking a picture with him on the phone. Steven is impressed while Connie talks about how nice it was to be able to release and do something about her problem. While Connie goes to change, Steven suddenly sees a butterfly from their previous meditation on his mother's sword. Later at the Sky Arena, Stevonnie is fighting better, but when they thrust the sword into one Holo-Pearl, the hallucinations begin again, but this time of Bismuth, the exact moment where Steven impaled her. Stevonnie, through Connie, is confused about who that was but through Steven, they tell her that it was Bismuth. After experiencing more hallucinations, the one of Rose ultimately shocks them, and they fall off the edge of the Arena.
Actually, it's pronounced palankeen.
Steven has a dream where he sees a pink palanquin. The next morning, he calls Connie over, who is excited about his discovery, giving him Buddy's journal from the library. Steven flips the pages to the page with the palanquin drawing, and she corrects Steven's pronunciation of the word, and they decide to ask the Gems about it. Connie awkwardly watches with Amethyst as Steven argues with Garnet about going to where the palanquin in the drawing was located, and as he storms out, she lets him borrow the journal, saying she has to return it in a week.
The New Crystal Gems
It's impossible trying to solve problems if we're just trying to copy other people. Oh, what's the point of this? We'll never be the Crystal Gems, we're just... the Crystal Temps. But we have our own way of doing things. So let's go back to that, to fix this mess we made.
Connie meets Steven, Greg, and the Gems in front of the Beach House as they return from space. She explains to them her supervision of Beach City went well; however, she experienced some minor difficulties. As Connie describes her story, a flashback to when Steven called her before leaving to rescue Greg begins. After the phone call, Connie heads over to Steven's house where she is surprised to meet Peridot, Lapis, and Pumpkin. Following an awkward introduction, they explain to each other that they have been tasked with the protection of Beach City. They are initially unsure of working together, but Peridot determines that emulating the team structure and roles of the Crystal Gems will be the ideal way to carry out their duties. They form their own team, dubbed the New Crystal Gems, and each chooses a member from the original team to impersonate. Peridot chooses Garnet, Connie picks Steven, Lapis pretends to be Amethyst, and Pumpkin is assigned to be Pearl.
They shortly begin their supervision of Beach City and its citizens. After a while, the team hears a cry coming from It's a Wash. They head over and find Buck with his dad's defaced van. Connie reasons that they should also run the car wash while Greg and Steven are away. The New Crystal Gems proceed to wash the car, utilizing their abilities and acting their roles as they do. They promptly finish, satisfied with their first success as a team. Sometime later, the four return to the car wash and find a long line of vehicles, word of their effective car-washing procedure having gotten around town. As the team washes the cars, they begin to find each other's behavior unbefitting of their roles. Arguments between the members escalate until the team accidentally drops a car on the car wash sign. In an attempt to rally the group, Connie tries to give an inspiring speech, which ultimately fails.
The next day, the New Crystal Gems regroup at the Beach House where Peridot and Lapis continue arguing about each other's incompetence. Connie eventually shouts at them to cease their bickering. She acknowledges that she does not have Steven's patience or aptitude to mediate arguments, but states that it is impossible to solve problems if they are trying to imitate others. Connie states that the team is more fitting as the Crystal Temps, and suggests they try to do things their own way. The others agree, and they head back to the car wash to clean the mess. In the present, Connie, Steven, Greg, and the Gems arrive at the car wash and find the building in perfect condition, save for the missing sign. Connie admits that they were unable to repair the sign, after which Peridot, Lapis, and Pumpkin arrive with a new one. To the Crystal Temp's joy, Greg is impressed, finding the new sign better than the old one.
Storm In The Room
I don't want to impose, I mean, you must have a lot to think about after your space adventure. You almost lost your dad, and all that stuff about the Diamonds, and your mom? I'd understand if you need some space.
Connie prepares to leave the Beach House now that Steven has returned from space. Dr. Maheswaran has not arrived yet, however, prompting Connie to call her. She does not answer, so Steven and Connie decide to play some board games as they wait. As time passes, Connie gradually grows more concerned, afraid that her mother may have gotten into an accident. Dr. Maheswaran eventually arrives, apologizing and explaining to Connie that there were some complications at the hospital. The two bid farewell to Steven as they leave for home.
You're right, you are silly. But that's why I like hanging out with you. I've got enough serious things going on in my life. Sometimes I just wanna spend time with my dad.
Steven and Connie are hanging out and eating fries together, but they're interrupted by Connie's father playing a joke on them. He explains that he's been hired by Harold Smiley to investigate trespassers at Funland. The two decide to join him for his stakeout.
Connie helps her father pursue the suspect through Funland, discovering the culprit to be Onion. Mr. Maheswaran is saddened and reveals he wanted to seem cool to his daughter. Connie consoles him, saying that she likes to hang out with him even if he isn't cool. They decide to let Onion leave with a warning, as they scared him.
Are You My Dad
But you got your dad back. And you'll solve this too. We'll solve this, together.
Connie and the Gems work on composite drawings of the Gem Steven saw near Funland Arcade. He decides that Connie's drawing is the closest. When the Gems split up to look for this Gem, Steven and Connie go together.
In the woods, Steven and Connie encounter Aquamarine. When she realizes Connie's name, Aquamarine calls over Topaz to kidnap her, trapping her and the rest of the missing humans between herself in a fusion. Steven is unable to save Connie before being knocked out.
I Am My Mom
Steven asks the Crystal Gems to help him save all his friends. He gets a call from Connie revealing where they are and they go to Funland. After trying to save them, Steven realizes that he made the list and he says that he's "my dad" as an attempt for a plan. Aquamarine traps Steven in Topaz. They go in Aquamarine's Ship and Steven unfuses Topaz by popping her with his bubble before taking off.
Connie battles Topaz along with Steven and mentions they that should fuse, but Steven is too worried because he made the list. Eventually, they reach the door and everyone jumps out except for Steven. Aquamarine freezes everyone but Steven using her wand. Steven turns himself in saying he's his mom (Rose Quartz) and Aquamarine lets everyone else go. Steven tells Connie and the Gems he loves them before he leaves. Connie screams for him not to go as Steven is taken to Homeworld.
But what about our training? Stevonnie. Jam buds. I believed in us. We could have done it together.
Connie becomes upset that Steven had given himself up instead of working together with her as he'd always promised to defeat Aquamarine and Topaz. After arguing with Steven, and failing to get him to realize how much he emotionally hurt her by forgoing their team and surrendering to Homeworld, she resignedly leaves with an equally upset Lion.
Steven realizes how he hurt Connie at the end of the episode. He calls her, but she doesn't pick up.
Between Dewey Wins and Kevin Party
During the estrangements, Connie received multiple texts and calls from Steven attempting to make amends. She considered responding but didn't know what say to him. Eventually, she decided it best to talk things out in person, and rode Lion, to Steven's house to talk. When she arrived though, she finds that he was gone on a vacation. Afterwards, for reasons unknown, she apparently never tried to visit Steven again or let him know that she was ready to work things out, even after he stops trying to reach out to her to give her space on his dad's advice.
At some point during this time, Connie through some means cuts her long, flowing hair down to a chin-length bob with bangs, to serve as both a coping method for her recent experiences, and her own personal reflection on how she has changed and grown due to her experiences with Steven and the Crystal Gems, as well become more confident in herself.
Steven, I wasn't trying to ignore you. I was going to text you back. I-I wrote, "I can't talk to you right now." But then I realized if I sent it, that would be talking to you. And it didn't make any sense- I wasn't making any sense. If we were going to talk, I thought it's got to be in person. So I rode Lion to your house, but there was a note that said, "Gone vacationing", and then I ran into Kevin and he said you'd be here, but, uhh, maybe this is still too soon. I-I don't even know what to say to you. I'm... angry? I miss you? I feel like I'm out of my mind.
A few weeks after last seeing or hearing from Steven, Connie shows up to Kevin's party after being invited by him and told that Steven would be there as well. After much awkwardness and tension caused by her and Steven's own feelings of uncertainty towards each other, as well as Kevin's manipulations, the two are finally able to talk again. Connie apologizes to Steven for not texting back and leaving him in the dark for so long, and Steven apologizes to her for giving himself up and ignoring her feelings, and the two reconcile their relationship, reaffirming themselves as "Jam Buds". Steven comments on Connie's new haircut after Connie comments on Steven's shirt (which she had given him for his birthday). The two then leave together on Lion after ignoring Kevin's attempts to get them to fuse into Stevonnie (which was what he'd truly invited them both there for).
Lars of the Stars
And look at you! Steven said you'd be hiding in some cave on Homeworld, but you're not! You're out here fighting for freedom with all your new friends in tow! Are you doing any of this to hurt Sadie?
Connie becomes excited about her first space adventure with Steven, and the two travel through Lion's mane, and emerge through the portal in Lars' head. She and Steven find that Lars and the Gems known as the Off Colors (whom she meets for the first time) are now a space pirate crew now. She and Steven later fuse into Stevonnie to help Lars regain his confidence after he breaks down over Sadie seemingly being so happy without him, and remain fused into and all throughout "Jungle Moon".
We're supposed to be in this together, remember?
Connie attends the Ruby and Sapphire's wedding with her parents, and later participates in the battle against the Diamonds. During the fight she takes charge several times, including a direct attack on Blue Diamond which results in the destruction of Rose's Sword. After Steven is knocked out cold, Connie tries to wake him, but he manages to communicate with her via spiritual means and convinces her to guard his body while he tries to get through to Blue and Yellow Diamond about the truth about Pink Diamond, and is there when Steven regains consciousness.
Legs From Here to Homeworld
It's okay, Mom! This is going to be a diplomatic mission!
Following the battle, Connie sticks with the Steven and the Crystal Gems, and mostly observes as the Diamonds rejoice in finding Pink Diamond, aka Steven, learn more about the consequences of their final attack, including corruption, and then, with her parents' blessing, goes along with Steven, the Diamonds and the original Crystal Gems to Homeworld to try to convince White Diamond to help cure the Earth Gems' corruption. She is last seen with the Crystal Gems after Steven is taken away to see White Diamond, much to her dismay.
Steven? We're gonna be okay; I'm here. Look at me, we'll get through this together.
Connie helps Steven, the Crystal Gems, and Blue and Yellow's Pearls plan the ball, helps the Pearls understand what fun is, and is begrudgingly allowed to attend the ball as his "pet" due to her status as an organic being. Later, during the ball, when Steven feels that he's made everyone miserable by caving into Homeworld's stifling traditions to impress White Diamond, she comforts him and convinces him to dance with her despite his reservations about it, which leads to them accidentally fusing into Stevonnie, and unintentionally causing an uproar that winds up ruining the ball, getting the Crystal Gems poofed and Stevonnie thrown into a prison tower as punishment.
Okay. So, we tried the bubble, the shields, and that window. What else have we got? Uhh.. Hey! My phone. Oh wait, no reception. Not that there's anyone we could call for help anyway.
Connie comforts Steven as he mopes over how their mission has gone wrong, and when Steven gets the idea to use his psychic powers to travel to Earth to find help, she remains with him to watch over his body, staying with him to the point where she falls asleep with him in her lap prior to his return.
Change Your Mind
My mom back on Earth used to have so many rules for me to follow. It was so overwhelming, and it made me feel miserable. After I told her how I was feeling, things got way better between us. She even let me come out to space to help Steven! If White knew how unhappy she was making you feel, maybe everything would change.
Steven and Connie are awakened by Blue Diamond entering the tower. She's sassy to Blue Diamond and backs Steven up as he confronts her. After Blue resolves to help them escape with the Crystal Gems, she takes them first to Pink's room and then to Yellow's.
They get caught up in the Diamonds' fight while rescuing the Gems. Steven and Connie successfully talk the Diamonds down, though their escape is once again halted by White Diamond. Now supported by Lapis, Peridot, and Bismuth, Connie saves Steven after the Diamond Mech drops him. However, he lets go of her hands after accidentally dropping the Gems.
After the Crystal Gems form Obsidian, Connie is caught by them after an accidental fall. She later makes it to the top of the Diamond Mech, where she's able to enter the head ship. She loses in a battle against Pearl, who's being controlled by White Diamond. Connie is forced to watch as Steven's Gem is removed.
As Steven's Gem reforms, Connie helps his human half make it back to his Gem half. She's overjoyed when Steven reunites with himself and laughs with the other Crystal Gems, no freed from White Diamond's control. The Diamond Mech returns her and the other Crystal Gems to Earth, where she sees her parents once again. She attends a barbecue with Greg and the Crystal Gems.
Steven Universe: The Movie
Two years after the end of the fifth season, Connie waits up for Steven to return from Homeworld and kisses him on the cheek before leaving for space camp. Later, after Lion, sent by Steven, notifies her of the danger posed by Spinel, Connie quickly returns with him, helps the other Gems save Beach City's citizens from the poison from Spinel's Injector. During this time, she expresses concern for Steven during his final clash with Spinel, especially after the battle causes the Injector to explode, and relieved to find him alive and safe in the aftermath.
*sighs* Steven... you must have been so afraid to show us this side of yourself. But we're not going anywhere. We're all gonna take care of you the same way you take care of us. You know what? I don't have your powers, but... *kisses him*
In "Bismuth Casual", Steven and Connie go with Pearl and Bismuth to a roller rink to have fun. While there, the two run into her cram school friends Patricia and Daniel. Steven makes an awkward impression on them, and not knowing how to skate, repeatedly urges Connie to go hang with her friends instead of helping him.
After a while, with some encouragement from Bismuth, Steven expresses that he feels that Connie is drifting away from him, but doesn't want to hold her back from continuing to grow. After Connie reassures Steven that he is still her best friend, the two reaffirm their bond by fusing and winning a best-skater contest as Stevonnie.
In "Together Forever", Connie chats with Steven about her future college ambitions during a study break, but is forced to end the call to continue studying. Later, Steven shows up with Lion and takes Connie on a special date back to where they first officially meet each other, where he has set up a special picnic for them. After singing her a special song, Steven proposes that he and Connie marry and attend college as Stevonnie. Connie is caught off-guard by the proposal, and though greatly flattered, turns him down due to her and Steven's young ages and wanting to be her own person outside of a fusion. However, she clarifies her answer as a "not now" instead of a "no" and assures Steven that they have plenty of time before they take such a step and returns home on Lion to continue studying.
In "Growing Pains", following the failed marriage proposal, Connie calls Steven to check in on him, and after discovering that his shape-shifting powers are getting out of control, convinces him to seek medical help. After getting him settled in with her mother, Connie calls Greg to get him to come back from his tour to be with Steven.
Later, when Steven's recalling of the traumatic events in his life cause his powers to go out of control again, Connie returns to try and help, but soon realizes that, due to his hurt feelings over her turning down his proposal, her presence is only making it worse. She then leaves with her mother shortly after Greg arrives, promising Steven that she'll be there whenever he feels ready to talk to her again.
In "Everything's Fine" Connie calls Steven just after he returns from Homeworld, but he dodges her questions about his condition and ends the call, much to her concern.
She visits the beach house after Steven's inner feelings project onto her phone, and participates in a semi-intervention with the Gems and Greg to try and get Steven to open up about what's bothering him. During this, she becomes shocked to learn that Steven never told the Gems about going to the hospital, and is even more shocked when he reveals that he shattered Jasper. She then watches as Steven finally melts down and transforms into a Gem monster.
In "I Am My Monster", Connie assists the Gems and Greg in trying to calm down and revert Steven to normal. Teaming up with Lion once more, the two are first sent to evacuate the town. When the Gems and Greg, along with the recently arrived Diamonds and Spinel start to break down and blame themselves for Steven's transformation, Connie returns with Lion and gives the speech that Steven's condition and prior suppressing his feelings has happened because he has always put others before himself and that now they all need to help him, just as he has always helped them before.
She and everyone else embrace Steven and assure him that he is loved no matter what, and Connie herself ensures that everyone will take care of him just as he has them for so long and kisses his face. This finally causes Steven to transform back to normal and emotionally break down afterwards, with his family surrounding him.
In "The Future", Connie visits Steven via Lion, and it's revealed that Steven has opted to leave Beach City to travel and possibly eventually settle down at his own place, with the two planning to meet each other during his travels with Lion's help. It's also implied that the two have finally entered an official relationship as they share their first on-screen kiss just before Steven leaves, and Connie sees him off with Greg and the Gems.
Connie is a young Indian-American girl of dark brown skin and slim figure, slightly taller than Steven. She has a prominent nose, black eyes with thick eyebrows, and black puffy hair. From her debut to "Dewey Wins", Connie's hair was waist-length. At some point following her fallout with Steven in the aforementioned episode and prior to their reconciliation in "Kevin Party", she cut or had someone cut her hair down to a chin-length bob and add bangs. Following the two-year time-skip between "Change Your Mind" and "Steven Universe: The Movie", her hair has since regrown to shoulder-length while retaining her bangs.
Connie wore a pair of magenta glasses with rose-colored lenses until Steven's healing saliva fixed her eyesight in "An Indirect Kiss". She continued to wear the empty frames until the events of "Nightmare Hospital", she no longer carrying them afterward.
Connie is usually seen in a variety of different outfits and dresses, including light blue, green, and white clothing: In the first intro, she wears a white-mint green dress, a sunhat, and peach-colored boots with no socks. In the second intro, she wears a white, button-down, collared tank top, gray button-up shorts, her pink glow bracelet, and peach sneakers with white bottoms, laces, and socks. Since "Kevin Party", Connie has started wearing a more stylish and slightly mature style of dress.
During training, Connie often wears a purple fighting outfit with a red bandana around her waist. She is barefoot and her arms are covered of white gauze. On missions involving outer space travels, Connie usually wears her father's pale brown jacket, which has fur inside and a patch on the left sleeve. In "The New Crystal Gems", Connie temporarily wears Steven's outfit of a star shirt and blue jeans.
In "Steven Universe: The Movie" while attending Space Camp, she wears a dark blue flight suit with a flag symbol on it.
If Connie were a gem, I think she would be a gem that is teal...she has the diplomatic skills of blue gem, but she also is able to take action...she would be a gem that would be between blue and green.
|~ Rebecca Sugar|
Connie is a curious girl who is attentive to detail, preparing herself for future events such as the upcoming school year or a mission in the wilderness, but can get distracted if she finds something more interesting like reading Buddy Buddwick's journal or spending time with friendly company. Her hobbies include reading, violin playing, and formerly tennis playing. Connie is usually level-headed but sensible, convincing Steven about his obsession to certain topics and let them go such in "Beach City Drift", but she feels guilty to the point of notably changing her behavior, including hitting an innocent student in "Mindful Education". Learning that some things are natural, Connie decides to confront her emotions by making amends, clearing her mind and understanding not to let her emotions cloud her thoughts by keeping them in. She passes this knowledge onto Steven, assuring him he had to be honest about how bad his feelings were so he could move on.
Connie has grown used to the strange dynamic of her friendship with Steven despite her initial uncertainty of it, reacting passively awed and only comments that she loves hanging out at his place when the Gems destroy one of Peridot's robonoids in front of her in "Marble Madness". She also can be a bit deadpan at times, joking about cutting off Steven's hand and in that same instance quickly understands that by poking/tickling Steven she could provoke a reaction from Rose's Secret Armory in "Lion 2: The Movie". "The New Crystal Gems" demonstrates Connie's eagerness to leap into action and adventure, asking Steven to wait for her so she can go into space with him, though this fails as he and the Gems had to leave immediately or risk losing track of Blue Diamond and his father forever. "Dewey Wins" displays an emotionally vulnerable side and a sense of integrity for Connie, who, while genuinely happy to have Steven back safely, is also deeply hurt by his choice to give himself up to Homeworld, leaving her and everyone else worried over his fate while also breaking his promise to her that they would always be a team. She becomes upset when he tries to downplay the situation and disregards her feelings (possibly to avoid facing his own and the harsh reality of the situation for the time being) and decided to take some time away from him so the two could process their respective feelings about the incident alone, remaining silent towards him for several weeks until they eventually reconciled in "Kevin Party".
Originally shy and introverted, Connie rarely stays in one place for long due to her parents' lifestyle and thus has been unable to form lasting friendships, which left her frequently feeling lonely. Her parents are very strict and don't allow her to participate in common childhood activities, such as eating donuts or anything with trans fats and organize her daily activities. By this time, tennis was the only thing that she remotely enjoys in her life. This attitude has led her to flat-out lie about Steven's non-nuclear family, due to paranoia at how her parents may react. Despite her obedience to her parents, she isn't above exploiting loopholes, such as not buying snacks at a theater and instead bringing them from Steven's home. She also will eat what sweets when they aren't present in "Crack the Whip". Connie's friendship with Steven eventually gives her more confidence, eventually standing up to her mother about her strict upbringing and rules in "Nightmare Hospital", even revealing her involvement in magical affairs. She isn't afraid to barge into the Beach House while shouting "Surprise!" and have around Beach City with Amethyst and Steven, showing how comfortable she has gotten around the Gems. "Kevin Party" shows nearly full-circle just how far Connie has grown as a person, laughing and talking with other party guests, something she would never have been able to do at the beginning of the series. Her more carefree attitude and comfort towards Steven when he feels he had made everyone miserable by abiding by Homeworld's conformities and traditions to impress White Diamond in "Together Alone" caused her to convince him to dance much to his reservation, an inverse of their usual personalities and actions in the episode "Alone Together", which leads to them accidentally fusing into Stevonnie and unintentionally causing an uproar that winds up ruining the ball. This continues in "Escapism" when she consoles a despondent Steven over their consequent imprisonment and the Crystal Gems' poofing and inadvertently inspires him to use his psychic abilities to call for help on Earth.
"New Crystal Gems" shows Connie's leadership skills when she told Peridot and Lapis to be themselves and organized their efforts to fix the damage they did. "Reunited" she has grown as both a fighter and an emotional supporter, leaping into action and tries to attack Blue Diamond with Lion to free them when Steven and the rest of the Crystal Gems are incapacitated by Blue Diamond's pathokinesis attack, only continuing to fight alongside them even her sword was broken. "Change Your Mind" brings out virtually all aspects of her personality, as she helps Steven convince Blue and Yellow to ease up on their stifling rules and traditions so they would try to convince White Diamond to do the same.
"Sworn to the Sword" shows a more confident and aggressive side to Connie's personality when she learns sword fighting. Due to Pearl's negative reinforcement, she began to display a reckless side, but this was quickly put out by Steven. It highlights her strong feelings for beloved ones through her dedication to becoming a knight for Steven. "Gem Hunt]" continues to shown her confidence and dedication to the Crystal Gems in how she pushes her to split up to hunt the Gem monsters and is the one to lead when she and Steven hunt the second monster through the forest, while respecting and obeying Pearl. Despite all her training and preparedness, Connie froze during an encounter with one of the Gem monsters they are hunting, choosing to call Pearl via Steven's walkie-talkie in the end. She later confides in Steven and Amethyst about freezing during her first mission in the next episode, causing Amethyst to tell her she should stop overthinking things and follow her instincts in battle, just adapting to win. She takes Amethyst's words to heart as she fares far better when the two of them along with Steven and Lion encounter Jasper and her two Gem monsters, bravely confronting her and prevent her from shattering Amethyst as Stevonnie. After Amethyst regenerates, she tells her she was right about how she should follow her instincts.
Powers and Skills
- Strength: For a girl of her size and age Connie possessed a surprising amount of strength. Being able to lift and effectively wield Rose's sword, and carrying Steven when he was in a weakened state after having his gem removed.
Swordsmanship: As of "Sworn to the Sword", after learning from Pearl, Connie has become skilled in the art of sword fighting. She can swiftly alternate between overwhelming with light attacks or overpowering with heavy attacks. She can rapidly land several hits, as well as counter or block the ones from her opponents. Due to being ambidextrous, she can fight with equal skill with either hand. She has become skilled is enough to temporarily hold her own against Gems like Topaz.
- Tag-team combat: Due to the close bond they share, Connie can coordinate her swordplay perfectly with Steven's shield techniques, such as fighting back-to-back to being defended and attack simultaneously or being catapulted from his shield for a powerful lunge attack.
Genius-level Intelligence: Connie is shown to be very intelligent for her age, possessing knowing about boats from observation and reading complicated books, of the both fiction and non-fiction genres, which translates into her extensive vocabulary. She is able to write backwards, as seen in the short amount of time it took her to write "Harpoon Gun" on the inside of a bubble. Her analytical skills have helped her find loopholes in the rules her parents make, notice and remember important details, and make perfectly timed questions in regards to the strange situations that the gems find themselves in. Steven Universe Future shows that Connie's intelligence and studying payed off as she will soon be going to cram school entering college early.
- Survival Skills: Having prepared herself from a book about it 20 times, Connie has very impressive survival abilities in the wilderness. She has adopted these skills, in "Gem Hunt", she was perfectly able to locate a spot to hide from the Gem Monsters or make a healthy Vitamin C-rich tea out of pine needles.
Leadership: After growing out of her insecurities, Connie was shown to be an effective leader, able to pull multiple individuals together in order to accomplish something. Her leadership skills are first demonstrated in "New Crystal Gems" where she is able to convince Peridot and Lapis to be themselves and organize their efforts to repair the damage they caused. "Change Your Mind" also brings out this aspect of her personality, as she is able to help Steven convince Blue and Yellow to ease up on their stifling rules and traditions so then try to convince White Diamond to do the same. The final three episodes of Future show how much Connie's leadership abilities have developed. In "Everything's Fine", she shows her expressing concern for him after he dodges her questions about his condition and cuts off contact since the events at the hospital, visiting his home and trying to help Steven's family in an intervention for him. While she is shocked by some of Steven's revelations (him not telling the Gems about going to the hospital, shattering Jasper, and nearly doing the same to White Diamond) and eventual meltdown and transformation into a Gem Kaiju, she nonetheless remains determined to help him. In "I Am My Monster", Connie officially takes charge of the situation after everyone else breaks down and blames themselves for Steven's transformation, citing that while it very well may be at least partly their fault, now is the time for them to pull together and help Steven just as he has always helped them, instead of moping about and feeling sorry for themselves for failing to before.
Hand-to-Hand Combat: In addition to her swordsmanship, Connie is capable of utilizing hand-to-hand combat, presumably through the training she received from Pearl. In "Mindful Education", she is seen grabbing a fellow student by the arm and throwing him to the ground, managing to break his arm in the process.
- Heightened Reflexes: Connie's reflexes have been honed to such an extent that she reacts to a perceived threat before she knows what she is doing, attacking a fellow student who bumped into her without realizing it until after the act.
Musical Talent: At the insistence of her mother, Connie practices playing the violin on a daily basis. She is skilled enough in it to play the instrument and sing at the same time, as demonstrated in "Mirror Gem."
Tennis Proficiency: Connie is shown to play tennis in "Lion 2: The Movie", which later translates her prowess into sword fighting.
Lion Riding: Connie has shown skills in fighting while riding on Lion's back. She is actually more prone to riding Lion in combat than Steven is. After Blue Diamond shatters Rose's Sword in "Reunited", Connie is able to quickly adapt by directing Lion to attacking with his claws and magical roar.
Save The Light
- Slash: Connie rushes towards her target and attacks them with several hits from her sword.
- Protect: Connie stands in front of an ally and blocks all damage and counter-attacks.
- Sword Storm: Connie gives several strikes against a single enemy dealing heavy damage.
- Rose's Sword (formerly): Forged by Bismuth, Rose's sword capable of destroy the physical form of any Gem, but was unable to shatter the gemstone itself. Its design allowed it to both cut and thrust in an efficient manner. She could also use Rose's scabbard. In "Nightmare Hospital", Connie recieves the sword and scabbard from Steven to learn how to sword-fight. Connie used the weapon in all of her combat situations and sparring matches prior to its destruction. Despite its immense size, she appears to have no difficulty carrying the sword on her back and drawing it over her shoulder. This is either due to magical properties within the sword itself or Connie's natural strength.
- Connie's Sword: As of "Change Your Mind", Bismuth forged a new sword specifically to be wielded by Connie. The sword had the design of a golden pommel, a purple hilt, a gold star emblem at the blade's base, an aqua chappe and a crystalline pink blade. The weapon itself possessed enough strength to cause visible damage to the Diamond Mech.
When fused with Steven, Connie took on the personality and form of Stevonnie alongside him. When in this form, Connie gains new abilities that she did not previously have.
Sword & Shield: As a duo, Stevonnie is able to wield Rose's sword proficiently when used in conjunction with their shield to fight both offensively and defensively.
Swordsmanship: Inherited from Connie, Stevonnie is skilled in the art of sword-fighting. Like Connie, Stevonnie is shown to be ambidextrous as in "Mindful Education".
Driving: In "Beach City Drift", Stevonnie was able to drive Greg's new car, the Dondai Supremo, with remarkable skill despite having no practice or experience in such a thing before the race. They also able to pilot Lars' ship, the Star Skipper, due to it resembling a car.
Empathic Telepathy: Inherited from Steven, Stevonnie has an empathic connection to other lifeforms and can communicate with both Gems and humans through their dreams.
Speed of Descent Regulation: Stevonnie shows the ability to control the speed of their descent depending on their emotional state. While fighting Jasper, Stevonnie remained in the air long enough to throw their shield at Jasper and prepare themself to use Rose's sword. They gain better control over this ability during their fusion training in "Mindful Education".
- Flutter Kick: Stevonnie can lower themself down slowly by moving their legs rapidly forward and backward.
Shield Summoning: Due to possessing gemstone of Rose Quartz/Steven, Stevonnie can summon Rose's shield. The shield combined with their enhanced strength as a fusion, allows them to withstand against heavy attacks and absorb potential knock-back. Stevonnie can also use the shield as an offensive weapon by throwing it.
- Duel-wielding: Like Steven, Stevonnie can summon two shields at the same time.
Connie's largest weakness as a whole appears to be her own insecurity. Connie is shown to be insecure about her place in Steven's supposed magical destiny, feeling that she has no true place in it and not understanding why he would want someone like her in his life despite how mundane she is. This is clearly demonstrated in "Sworn to the Sword" when the Pearl is easily able to project her own feelings of insecurity onto Connie, teaching to not care about herself in order to protect the "more important" Steven, thus worsening her already low self-esteem. Though she is eventually able to grow out of this, intially it causes severe problems for her.
Connie is very loyal and obedient to her mother. While her mother tends to be strict, it is only because she wants the best for her and for her to be smart, orderly, and healthy. Connie closely follows her orders but does occasionally exploit loopholes or even outright lies to her to get away with something if necessary. In the episode "We Need to Talk", Connie reveals that her parents don't know of her adventures with Steven. This is likely because of her fear that her parents will prevent her from seeing Steven due to the huge risk she willingly submits to every time they see eachother.
"Nightmare Hospital" explores Connie's relationship with her mother in more detail: Priyanka is very strict with her daughter, enforcing many rules on her that she never retracts for any reason. Priyanka is distrustful of Connie when they and Steven are cornered by Gem fusion experiments at the hospital. However, after Connie calls her mother out on her behavior, she agrees to be more accepting of Steven in Connie's life and much less micromanaging about Connie's activities. In "Gem Hunt", it is inferred that her parents have allowed her to go on a mission with Steven and Pearl, asking Steven to take pictures to document the event. It's confirmed in the podcast that the Gems, particularly Pearl, have discussed with Connie's parents about their rules regarding Connie's role on the team.
Like his wife, Doug Maheswaran is very protective of his daughter. As such, Connie holds her father in a similar regard to her mother, caring for him deeply and respecting his commands, yet on occasion exploiting loopholes and lying if necessary. Connie's relationship with her father is explored in more detail in "Doug Out". Like his wife, Mr. Maheswaran has become aware of Connie's involvement in magical missions and is shown to be accepting of it. He appears as a whole to be less strict and more easygoing with his daughter in comparison to his wife, casually conversing and joking around with Connie and Steven. For this reason, Connie enjoys spending time with her father, his more laid-back nature providing an enjoyable contrast to the serious affairs in her life. She sometimes even uses his jacket on missions, like in "Lars of the Stars."
Connie has shown to be very close to Steven. Though they started off as just initially friends, eventually they grew to become an official couple. While Connie took some time to adjust and adapt to his abnormal life, she was eventually able to accept it, and even find ways to help him with it.
Because they both have a personal connection to Steven, Connie and Lion have a friendly connection to each other. Though originally hesitant, she quickly warmed up to and was fascinated by Lion. He seemed to return the feeling, as shown when Steven was falling from the sky in "Ocean Gem", where Connie and Lion were able to quickly team up and rescue him. Connie is also one of the the fastest ones to be accepted by Lion, second only to Steven, with him trusting and allowing her to ride him. Steven and Connie often take Lion with them to travel to places in Beach City, and Lion has grown used to having Connie around. As the series progresses, Connie even becomes more prone to riding on Lion than Steven does.
It is shown that Connie and Pearl have many traits in common such as intelligence, attention to detail, and a tendency to be overly hard on themselves due to perceived failures. However, Pearl says in "Full Disclosure" that she doesn't understand human relationships when Connie is looking for Steven, though it was likely faked social ignorance to avoid answering where Steven was. After "Sworn to the Sword", the two develop a mutually respectful mentor-student relationship, in which she starts to call the latter "Ma'am". Connie was eventually able to convince Pearl to teach her sword fighting by appearing very passionate about staying by Steven's side to fight with him. Empathizing with it due to her own dedication to Rose Quartz, Pearl was moved to tears and accepted it.
"Gem Hunt" further develops their relationship, showing that Connie views Pearl as a respected and beloved teacher whom she seeks to impress. Even though she fails to defeat the gem monster, Pearl commends Connie for following her instructions during their subsequent encounter with Jasper. In "Crack the Whip", Connie tells Pearl and Garnet to take care while she continues training, causing the former to smile, reminding her of herself. As implied and seen in "Gem Hunt" and "Legs From Here to Homeworld", respectively, Pearl talks to Connie's parents about her role on missions and apparently takes certain responsibility towards her.
While Connie and Amethyst do not have many specific interactions with each other compared to Pearl and Garnet, it is likely that the two respect each other. In "Crack the Whip", Amethyst is left in charge of Connie and Steven while Pearl and Garnet search for Jasper as Pearl had forgotten that Connie would be coming to train on that day. When Connie confides in Amethyst and Steven about freezing up during her first mission and failing it as a result, Amethyst tells her to stop overthinking things and to follow her instincts when in a real battle. Connie utilizes Amethyst's by following her instincts during their later battle with Jasper, fusing with Steven to form Stevonnie who manages to defend against and drive Jasper off. After her regeneration following being "poofed" by Jasper, Amethyst is surprised to find that Stevonnie managed to drive off Jasper completely on her own without Amethyst's help. This caused Amethyst to doubt her own usefulness, despite Connie's assertion that Amethyst did help through her advice about following her own instincts allowing Connie to confront Jasper alongside Steven.
Connie, like Steven, has mutual respect for Garnet. In "Steven's Birthday", Garnet plays a song for Steven and Connie, whom Garnet identifies as Steven's best friend, to slow dance to. In "Mindful Education", Garnet is excited to see Connie and Steven fight as Stevonnie. Garnet is openly supportive not only of Stevonnie but of Steven and Connie's friendship as well. When Connie seems depressed and admits to hurting a fellow student at school accidentally, Steven tells Connie not to think about it, but Garnet interrupts and takes the children to the beach to meditate with her as Stevonnie, showing concern for the fusion extending to the two of them individually. Garnet meditates with Stevonnie and sings the song "Here Comes a Thought". With the visuals and influence Garnet provides, Connie takes Garnet's advice to heart and is able to confront her demons.
Connie was shown to be on pleasant terms with Peridot, particularly as members of the New Crystal Gems. She goes along with Peridot's idea to pretend to be Steven and Lapis' and Peridot's up until their childish bickering becomes too much for her to bear. Connie spoke up against and convinced them to continue their own roles, impressing Peridot. In "Change Your Mind", Connie and Peridot were able to effectively work together and battle against the Diamond Mech.
Connie was initially apprehensive of Lapis due to the powers and behaviour she displayed in "Ocean Gem". This disappeared by the episode "The New Crystal Gems", at which point she was aware that Lapis is Steven's friend. In their first meeting in person, Lapis didn't recognize Connie at first and acted very aloof towards her. Eventually though, they both agree to work together with Peridot and Pumpkin to watch Beach City while the other Crystal Gems are away. Connie eventually grows frustrated with Lapis due to her childish arguing with Peridot. They are eventually able to reconcile, however, when Connie delivers a speech to them about how the best way to handle their predicament, which Lapis is impressed by.
Even though the two barely interact, Connie was shown to be very happy when Bismuth forged her a new sword to replace the sword used by Rose.
Connie is shown to be on good terms with Greg since "Fusion Cuisine" when her parents also giving approval of Greg and Steven. He and Connie offer to accompany Steven on his mission despite the potential danger in "Ocean Gem", showing that they both care for Steven deeply. In "We Need to Talk", Greg is surprised but not completely shocked that the two of them could fuse into Stevonnie. He also tells Connie that if she needs another human to talk to, he is there for her.
When Connie initially met Lars in "Bubble Buddies", she was perplexed by his behavior towards Steven. When meeting him again in "Lars of the Stars" however, she is able to get along with him quite well and help fight against Emerald as Stevonnie alongside hime. However, she does mad when he has a mental breakdown thinking Sadie didn't care he had died and was trapped in space.
Appearing in "Mindful Education", Jeff is a student who goes to the same school as Connie. Connie unintentionally attacked and injured him instinctively after he accidentally bumped into her at school. This caused her to feel immense guilt, feelings that she buried instead of confronting, which later caused her and Steven to have trouble maintaining synchronization as Stevonnie during their fusion training. With help from Garnet though, Connie eventually decided to deal with the problem head-on instead of ignoring it and apologized to Jeff. She was later relieved to discover that he held no hard feelings towards her and was surprised when she learned he even wanted her to teach him some of her martial arts moves. On Connie's phone, it shows that she had taken a picture of them happy together, implying they since have become close friends.
After entering Pink's old room, Connie had her first encounter with the Pebbles and thought they were cute and friendly. In "Together Alone", she was happy that they built the furniture all night to remind them of Steven's house. In "Change Your Mind", she tells the Pebbles goodbye and that she and Steven will save the Crystal Gems and use the leg ship to head back to their home planet Earth.
Connie supports and parrot Steven in his fight against White Diamond. White Diamond considers Connie to be another pet, but their relationship after Steven convinced White Diamond to embrace her flaws is unknown.
Connie's opinion was disregarded by Yellow Diamond when the latter confronts Blue Diamond to take Steven and Connie back to the tower. Eventually, Connie was able to give insight supporting Steven's goals, which were enough to be considered and agreed with by Yellow even if they would have to combat White Diamond to achieve these goals.
Connie first met Blue Diamond in "Reunited". In "Together Alone", Blue saw Connie as Steven/Pink's "pet", a sharp contrast to Blue's general view on the humans both in the Zoo and towards Greg. Still, Connie was able to convince her alongside Yellow Diamond, and the two helped Steven to rescue the Crystal Gems in "Change Your Mind".
When Connie first encountered Jasper on her first mission in the Great North, she was in awe of the Quartz Gem's strength and combat prowess. As of "Crack the Whip", Connie willingly fused with Steven in order to defeat her, and their relationship afterwards is largely unknown.
Connie first encounters Kevin as Stevonnie in "Alone Together". Since their first meeting, both Steven and Connie held a negative opinion of him, an attitude that carried over to "Beach City Drift". While Steven's dislike of Kevin was more external, Connie's was more internal. While racing him as Stevonnie, Connie realizes how obsessed they have become in getting back at him, and they both her and Steven decide to let go of their anger and finish the race for themselves. Even though they lose in the end, they accept the loss with dignity, ironically angering Kevin, who yells that they are obsessed with him, despite them obviously no longer being as they take their leave.
In "Kevin Party", Kevin invites Connie and Steven to his party in the hopes that they can make it an event that everyone will remember by fusing into Stevonnie. Unknown to him at the time, the two had been estranged for the past few weeks over Steven's surrender to Homeworld and both only accept the invitation in the hopes of working things out. However, upon seeing each other at the party, tension and uncertainty between them prevent them from immediately reconciling. When Kevin learns of the situation, he, misinterpreting that Steven and Connie were a couple, attempts to get them back together so they can fuse, convincing Steven act like Connie's recent absence in his life didn't bother him, so that she'll be desperate enough come to him. The advice backfires, agitating Connie to the point where she believes that Steven has given up on making amends with her after being unintentionally ignored for so long, and has decided not only to permanently cut her from his life but to also replace her with Kevin as his best friend, and nearly leaves distraught at this. After Steven stops her from leaving, the two finally manage to reconcile, Kevin attempts to get them to fuse, but they instead decide to leave the party on Lion, though not before thanking Kevin for his help and complimenting him on the party, much to his chagrin.
- According to writer Matt Burnett, Connie is of Indian heritage.
- Both of Connie's parents are Indian-American.
- Connie's surname, Maheswaran, means "Lord of Universe" in Hindi and is also traditionally a Tamil surname.
- Connie (or at least her family) is Shaivite as seen by the surname Maheswaran (Mahesh is the Hindu God Shiva, a member of the Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh). Though her caste is unknown, it is possible she might be Tamilian.
- Connie is directly referred to as Steven's girlfriend in commercials in Portugal as well as numerous other European countries.
- Kat Morris created Connie's character.
- It is revealed in "Mirror Gem" that Connie plays the violin.
- Connie appears in the title sequence as the "Mr. Universe" van drives by, causing a breeze that she looks towards. She holds the book A Wrinkle in Time and is wearing a sky blue sundress, a pale tan sunhat and orange boots.
- In the second intro, she is shown wearing shorts and a sleeveless T-shirt instead of a sun dress during the first season, wielding Rose's Sword and holding an unknown book with a bookmark inside. Instead of a breeze, she looks towards the end of the road with a smile and pops out of the street and runs to the Crystal Temple. She is shown wearing the frames of her glasses until she reaches the Crystal Temple and lies in front of Rose's Sword.
- She is able to write backward. This is seen in the very short amount of time it took her to write "Harpoon Gun" on the inside of the bubble in "Bubble Buddies".
- Connie is shown to play tennis in "Lion 2: The Movie", and describes it as the only thing that she remotely enjoys in her life. Later, in "Sworn to the Sword", she translates her tennis prowess into swordfighting, which becomes her new passion.
- Following the events of "An Indirect Kiss", Connie can now see normally without her glasses thanks to the healing powers in Steven's saliva. Because she wanted to avoid confrontation with her parents and optometrist about this, she took out the lenses of her glasses and wore the frames instead.
- Following the events of "Nightmare Hospital", she no longer wears glasses, having informed her mother that she no longer requires them. In all of the further episodes, she no longer carries them.
- In "Winter Forecast", Connie says "itadakimasu", a Japanese word said before eating. She has stated that her father travels, so Connie may know more than one language.
- In "Sworn to the Sword", Connie's outfit and fighting style were inspired by Kalaripayattu.
- She wields a sword resembling the Khanda, a sword typically used in the style.
- Her hairstyle is a braid typically worn by female Kalaripayattu practitioners.
- Connie is shown to be ambidextrous in the episode "Sworn to the Sword". When she is training, she is seen holding her sword with her right hand; when she fights Pearl with Steven, she is using her left hand.
- Despite saying her family moves around a lot, she has kept the same home for well over a year.
- By the time of Steven Universe Future, she has had the same home for over three years.
- In "Nightmare Hospital", it is revealed that she hates the punishment abacus, which is what her parents use to calculate the length of punishments for her.
- It is revealed in "Steven's Birthday" that Connie is 12¾ years old.
- Connie's birthday is likely somewhere in the month of November, given that Steven's birthday is in the month of August.
- A girl resembling Connie makes a brief appearance in the OVA titled Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade.
- In "Gem Hunt", Connie carries Rose's sword on her back with the hilt over her shoulder. This is similar to many anime characters who carry giant swords the same way such as Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach and Guts from Berserk.
- It is shown that Connie and Pearl have many traits in common such as intelligence, attention to detail and a tendency to be overly hard on themselves in the face of perceived failure.
- Connie might be a gamer, as seen in the short "Video Chat". Her laptop has Colonization V, a spoof of the real-life video game Civilization V. She also has Empires & Eras II and Conqueror Kings II which are spoofs of Age of Empires II and Crusader Kings II, respectively. She also has Grid, a spoof of the popular gaming platform Steam.
- According to the 4th issue of the comic series, Connie has an aunt.
- Connie's new hairstyle that she dons ever since "Kevin Party" and up to "The Future" makes her resemble Kimberly Hart from the 2017 Power Rangers movie.
- According to Rebecca Sugar, if Connie were a Gem, her gem type would be Teal, as she possesses the diplomatic skills of blue Gems, but she also is able to take action, so she would be a Gem that would be a mixture of the colors green and blue.
- She is the first and only known member of the Crystal Gems to be a complete human.
- She and Lion are the only members who are not at least partially a Gem (though Lion inherited his powers from a Gem).
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